Yasmine Hammamet has a little bit of a mixed impression with many with some stating the obvious “its not the traditional Tunisia” etc which is naturally true but then, is Las Vegas typical of the US? Not at all! But what Yasmine Hammamet certainly offers is one of Tunisia’s grand projects offering tourists something modern clean and purpose built.
Hammamet is one of the large tourist centers of Tunisia and thus getting to it is simplicity itself from Tunis follow the highway to Sousse, and from Sousse follow the highway which will cost 1.2 dinars from Tunis and 1.6 Dinars from Sousse (2008).
You can also get trains, buses and louages to Hammamet and then taxi it down here.
Please note when traveling from Tunis take the turn off for Hammamet. Iif you don’t, it’s a pain in the bum and a 15 minute drive down the motorway to turn around (and you pay again!)
Once you’re in Hammamet, Yasmine is at the southern point of the town and is immediately recognizable.
Something of an issue in may resorts/towns in Tunisia is the problem of vacant land where it is not freed up for development and can mean a large space between hotels. This is not an issue in Yasmine with the area full of new hotels which range in size from over 100 rooms to 500 plus. There is an immediate feeling of space and calm when you’re in Hammamet and, as there is only tourism here, you don’t get the hum of mopeds or the hustle and bustle of a typical Tunisian town. This for you is either a good or a bad thing ,if you’re like me and have the city life all day everyday, it offers a quiet escape for your stay and given its great transport links, if you’re bored you can always nip out to some other location.
Yasmine has two places that you are likely to find yourself when not enjoying your hotel. These are the lovely new Marina and the equally impressive Medina complex. The photo above is one the main square in Yasmine where, behind me you find the Marina and, in front, you find the start of the strip which is large hotels down along the sea and then another row behind, no hotel is more than 5 minutes walk from the beach in Yasmine.
The marina in Yasmine is one of the main attractions and is certainly one of the places to find a nice restaurant during your stay here. The Marina has three main parts with wide spaces for walking about through the centre which is where you find the majority of the restaurants.
Once you have been through the middle, you can then walk through the tidy gardens to the boats where there is another path and a new set of little buildings which I guess are destined to be yacht brokers/support businesses for the marina.
Once you have had a nice walk around, you can find behind the Marina a housing development and more moorings at the back and also access to the beach the other side.
If you are interested in boating then the following are the details of the Marina.
Port Yasmine Hammamet
8050 Hammamet – Tunisie
Tél. (+216) 72 24 11 11 Fax (+216) 72 24 12 12 [email protected]